Broken Bells pay tribute to Mark Linkous as they introduce themselves to Glastonbury

James Mercer and Danger Mouse bring their band to The Park Stage

Broken Bells introduced themselves to the Glastonbury festival tonight (June 25), playing The Park Stage.

The band, fronted by The ShinsJames Mercer and Danger Mouse, and joined by a live band, played a set based on their self-titled debut album.

“Hello Glastonbury, nice to meet you,” Mercer told the crowd as they kicked off the set that was low on banter, as Danger Mouse and the rest of the group swapped instruments between songs, leaving The Shins man on vocals and guitar.


The group also included ‘Insane Lullaby’ from the ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’ album, with Mercer paying tribute to the late Mark Linkous, who dreamed up the project with Danger Mouse.

“Brian [Burton, Danger Mouse] and I wrote this next song with our good friend Mark Linkous,” he explained, after which they covered The Miracles‘You Really Got A Hold On Me’.

“Thanks guys, it’s been fun,” the singer told the crowd as they wrapped the set up. “It’s been our first time!”

Broken Bells played:

‘Your Head Is On Fire’
‘The Ghost Inside’
‘Trap Doors’
‘The High Road’
‘Insane Lullaby’
‘You Really Got A Hold On Me’
‘Mongrel Heart’
‘The Mall And Misery’

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